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>> smith: to want, swept away. at least san francisco people are killed when floodwaters plow through campgrounds in arkansas. dozens more are missing. i'm harry smith. also tonight, day 53 and the water's on fire. burning off the oil before it reaches shore. a tiny pink pill that can boost a woman's sex drive. but it's not without critics. and it's the americans and the brits in the war of 2010. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening. katie is off tonight. they never saw it coming. people camping out overnight in arkansas suddenly swept away by a flash flood, touched off by heavy rain, the floodwaters
swept across the albert pike recreation area in the western part of the state. at least 16 people are dead, dozens more were take on the the hospital and at least 30 are missing. michelle miller reports the disaster hit early this morning while most of the campers were asleep. >> reporter: by daybreak, the nightmare was evident: absolute destruction by an angry current that leveled the albert pike campground. cabins swept clean off their foundations, cars tossed into houses. all with no warning as campers slept. >> around 4:00 a.m., my mom woke me up and said "pack your stuff, the water's outside the cabin." i didn't believe her at first. >> reporter: families who vacation in the campground in the ouachita mountains every year say they've never seen anything like it. >> the current was so strong it literally took the tires off my rooms on the front of my truck. and we barely made it out. >> reporter: the rain started thursday evening, a powerful storm moving through the southwestern part of the state.
at midnight, the normally peaceful little missouri measured just three feet. in less than six hours it was a behemoth, swelling to more than 20. hundreds of people were in the path of the flash flood and officials fear at least 60 were washed away. a reporter on the scene described the aftermath. >> as we've been out here reporting, we've been flagged down by people in the area trying to find out the latest word about these campers and unfortunately for most of the day the news has not been good. >> we're just in the process of right now trying to see if we have anyone to be rescued along the river there. >> reporter: so far, emergency crews have rescued at least 30 people, but the rugged beauty that attracts so many to this area is now hampering efforts to find the missing. michelle miller, cbs news, new york. >> smith: arkansas' governor compared the damage to that caused by a strong tornado. craig o'neal of our cbs little rock affiliate kthv is at the
scene. tell us what kind of terrain are folks dealing with there? >> reporter: harry, it's very picturesque when it's not raining and the river's not rising. you've got a narrow valley where the catch ground is and it's against the backdrop of a narrow slope that goes up on the mountain. on the other side you'll find a cliff, also a tall mountain. so as the rains intensify and the water continues to get deeper, it accelerates. and as the people who got out of their tell you, it wasn't how deep it was as much as it was the speed of the water. it was a narrow space filled up rapidly with rapid rushing water and most of these people come to these campground on an annual basis. most are from out of state and this is a very popular site, harry. it was crowded this weekend and it's crowded in most weekends throughout the summer. >> smith: any chance the folks in that campground could have been warned? >> reporter: there was no warning. in fact, the campers who were in the camp... the actual campers themselves heard things knocking against the door. that was the only signal they
had. that the water had come up. when they opened the door, the water rushed in. they don't expect to be finding many survivors. it's been so long now and the water so rapid, they're afraid of what might result when we get the official word, harry. >> smith: craig o'neal from our cbs affiliate in little rock. thank you so much. appreciate it, sir. it's day 53 of the disaster in the gulf of mexico. the obama administration's point man, admiral thad allen, said today scientists will soon place new sensors on the seabed to try to get a better idea of just how much oil is still gushing out of that well. once again, we have a team of correspondents covering this story and we begin with mark strassmann who went some 60 miles out into the gulf where b.p. has been burning off some of the spilled oil. nearly four million gallons so far. >> reporter: this is the burn box: a field of fire out in the gulf where leaked b.p. oil burned by the barrel.
and every barrel that burns is one more that will never reach shore. the explorer is the command ship, overseeing a fleet of smaller ships. two planes act as spotters to guide boats to heavy crude and calm seas. skimming boats dragging flame-resistance boom collect oil like raking a pile of leaves and push it into a target area for burning. ten miles long, ten miles wide. that's the burn box. have you ever seen an operation on this scale before? >> this is a first of the type. this is the first time we've ever used fire-resistant boom on a major spill event. >> reporter: information from ships inside the burn box gets relayed to this command center in houma, louisiana. >> this particular fire right here's been burning for over three hours. >> reporter: coordinators watch in realtime images of the day's burns. along with all the skimming operations around the area of the gurring well. >> once the oil reaches the
surface, that's our responsibility to do everything we can to try to minimize the amount of oil that could reach shore. >> reporter: once the oil's in place inside the burn box, the fires ignited by a hand-held flare and once lit, flames burn as much as 98% of the captured oil. mark strassmann, cbs news, off the coast of louisiana. >> smith: much the frustration of local officials, the federal government says b.p. is the "responsible party in the cleanup." meaning b.p. decides when and where to deploy crews and equipment. communities along the gulf coast say they know what needs to be done but their hands are tied. kelly cobiella is in orange beach, alabama, tonight. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, harry. the oil is bearing down on them tonight. this is part of the protection plan you see behind me. a series of booms crisscrossed across this bay in order to protect the marshes farther
inland. it will be put to the test tonight as a large amount of oil creeps closer to shore. florida and alabama have not seen the likes of this before, a sheet of oil six football fields long and less than two miles from shore. already thick oil is washing up on the beaches of a wildlife refuge and into marinas. >> it's scary, sad. mostly sad. >> reporter: florida is fed up. the state wants the ability to respond to the oil as its experts see fit. right now, b.p. has to approve any cleanup action and the delay can be hours to days. florida is now asking for two and a half billion dollars in escrow from b.p. to allow its counties to respond quicker. >> we believe nobody know this is area better than we do and we believe nobody cares for this area more than we do. we don't understand why we can't have more input in the decisions that are going to impact us. >> reporter: there's a lot of money at stake. in escambia county alone, tourism is a $1.2 billion
business. right now it's going broke. >> we're worried about june. we're worried about july and august. you take those three months and this entire industry is going to make about half of the revenues they're going to make all year long. >> reporter: at lulu's restaurant in gulf shores, alabama, the national guard took over the dining room today, trying to convince workers who are making less money because of the spill to file claims with b.p. >> i would rather work. but if it comes down to it, i guess that's what i have to do. >> reporter: in the three days since the national guard began this outreach program, the number of claims has risen from 7,000 to 10,000. harry? >> smith: kelly cobiella in orange beach, alabama tonight. thanks. now as we have reported, most of the anger over the spill is directed at b.p., but sharyl attkisson reports the federal government is now coming under fire, especially as it keeps changing its story about how much oil is leaking. >> reporter: the new
estimates, up to 1.6 million gallons per day, means up to 800% more oil could be gushing from the well than b.p. and the government first said. it's easy to understand why that surprised a lot of people. the government's top authorities on the spill-- the interior department and commander thad allen-- repeatedly minimize it had numbers put out by scientists, starting with the very first press release two weeks ago. >> i'm not really happy with the press release and how it reads and i have heard it mischaracterized. >> reporter: now there's a second group of unhappy experts. they say the government mischaracterized their work, too. they were tasked with reviewing the government's 30-day assessment of the oil spill. problem is, after they approved the paper, somebody changed it. in the changed version, it looked like the outside experts endorsed the six-month blanket moratorium on offshore drilling that the government wants. this is not the case, wrote seven of the experts in a strong letter of rebuttal. a moratorium was never agreed to
by the contributors, unfortunately after the rerue, the conclusion was modified. they added that interior secretary salazar should not be free to use our names to justify his political decisions. salazar was asked about the flap at a hearing. >> the moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors. >> reporter: salazar didn't say who changed the report but acknowledged the discrepancy. >> it was not their decision on the moratorium, it was my decision and the president's decision to move forward with moratorium. >> reporter: all of this serves to add to a sense of mistrust in not just what b.p. says but also what top government officials are telling the public. harry? >> smith: sharyl, we have a viewer question for you now. >> reporter: we asked the interior department and they said there are 3,500 drilling rigs and platforms, 79 of them
deep water wells. just 62 inspectors nationwide. so that works out to about an average of each inspector being responsible for 56 rigs. we don't know how many of them may not meet the regulations, but if the government thinks they're a big problem, they're supposed to shut those rigs down. we do know the deepwater horizon somehow slipped through. harry? >> smith: sharyl attkisson in las vegas tonight. thank you. there was sadness on what should have been a perfect day in south africa. the start of soccer's world cup. former president nelson mandela missed the opening ceremony, his 13-year-old great granddaughter was killed last night in a one-car accident. the unidentified driver was arrested for drunken driving. today the tournament kicked off with the home team, south africa, playing mexico to a 1-1 tie before a worldwide audience. in lynnwood, california, 6,000 watched on a giant screen and as mark phillips reports, for soccer fans, this is must-see
t.v. >> reporter: the party that started in south africa has been called the largest shared experience in the world. the football-- soccer to us-- world cup. the last final four years ago drew, the organizers claim, a worldwide t.v. audience of more than 700 million. and while the big south american and european powers may be the favorites, there are always surprises. take the united states team. huge underdogs in their first game tomorrow against england. for them, there's history. >> we were 500-1 odds to win. >> reporter: walter bear knows about history. he was there at the 1950 world cup in brazil when a no-hope american team from an age well before the soccer mom played powerhouse england. >> we went into the game thinking if we could keep the score to three, four, or five goals, we bead doing a pretty good job. >> reporter: instead, the result was so special, they made
a movie about it. they call the game "the miracle on grass." (cheers and applause). >> the united states has taken the lead! >> we scored one and they didn't get any. >> reporter: the win was a shock in england land, largely ignored at home. >> my wife was the only one at the airport that met me. >> reporter: the current team with stars that play at home and in europe is given more chance and more recognition. >> everybody's going to be rooting for you. >> reporter: for the united states to lose to england would be disappointing. for england to lose to a country where they still call football soccer, well, there wouldn't be enough beer here to drown the sorrow. >> we've been the raspberry seed in their wisdom teeth for 60 years and they've been waiting for an opportunity to even the score. >> we are going to run rings around you tomorrow. >> reporter: or not. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> smith: and the man who will try to keep everyone in line, referee carlos simone, is from
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>> couric: viagra changed the sex lives of millions of men and women but left women asking "what about us?" next week, an f.d.a. panel will vote on whether to recommend approval of what some are calling female viagra. here's dr. jennifer ashton. >> reporter: it's the little pink pill with a decidedly unsexy name, flibanserin. but if the f.d.a. approves it to enhance the female libido, it could translate into a $2 billion market in this country alone. dr. bruce levine sees many women desperate to treat their low sex drive. >> my husband wants to know if i still love him. my husband wants to know if i love someone else. so these are very real questions. >> reporter: the pill is designed to treat a condition identified in an estimated 10% to 20% of women known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or h .s.d.d . it's defined by a lack of sexual desires or fantasies causing emotional distress.
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>> smith: we end tonight with some words of wisdom from people who collectively have more than 500 years of experience living life. they were asked to share what they've learned with the class of 2010. >> over the past four years, we've come far, and you all-- you all-- have come far. but the fact is that darkness remains. >> even as we fight the wars in front of us, we also have to see the horizon beyond these wars. because unlike a terrorist whose goal is to destroy, our future will be defined by what we build. >> we need pragmatic and idealistic innovators today in
spite of the crisis around us and maybe, most especially, because of it. >> don't be afraid to reach. don't be afraid to stretch. don't be afraid to try what you really want to do. and, you know? you may be surprised at what you can do. >> you all should go and be hungry for success. you should be hungry to make your mark and you should be hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect out there. but as you move on and become successful, make sure you also stay hungry. >> i would like you to consider that when you commit to something or someone that proves to be unfulfilling by your measure, that is painful. in my life i have learned that when you do not commit, when you do not risk, you discover you should have, that is even more
consequential. >> you know, you don't have to be famous, you just have to make your mother and father proud of you. and you already have. >> i just want to say josh, i love you more than anything. will you marry me? (cheers and applause) >> roll down the windows, soak up the sun, and enjoy the ride. and, by the way, don't text and drive. (applause) >> we believe in you so deeply. so your new challenge begins now >> smith: that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. katie will be anchoring the broadcast monday from the gulf coast. i'll be doing the same on the "early show." i'm harry smith. thanks for watching. good night.
good evening. tonight in the only local news at 7:00, a manhunt. maryland state trooper is murdered his killer still on the run. playground prowler. a man caught alone with a young child at a school playground and now he's charged with attempted sodomy and deja vu. the second time this week a man in laurel is arrested allegedly for forcing a teenager in toplessty constitution. i'm in laurel, maryland where police say a 23-year-old man was holding women, including a 16-year-old girl, against their will here in this hotel room. he was forcing them in to prostitution. it is the second such arrest in just 48 hours. she was missing for two months and after a relative tipped off police, the teen was rescued from laurel garden inn on tuesday night. a few hours later, hernandez was arrested. detectives later discove